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Press Trust Of India
Srinagar, June 20, 2013
Terming the protracted Kashmir-issue as a "political" one, the moderate Hurriyat Conference on Thursday proposed an Indo-Pak summit on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) to address the issue in the larger interest of friendship, peace and prosperity in the region.

"We propose an Indo-Pak summit wherein the leadership of the two countries along with Kashmiris can sit together to move forward and address the Kashmir (problem)," Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said addressing a seminar at Amalgam headquarters in Srinagar.

A proposed summit in Srinagar and Muzaffarabad (capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) could be a big leap forward, he said.

Apparently referring to the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to inaugurate the Qazigund-Banihal section of the Kashmir rail project next week, Mirwaiz said "Kashmir is a political problem which cannot be solved by economic packages or rail services.

"The Kashmir issue needs political will and political approach for resolution. You need a road map and we feel it lies with the Kashmiris."